Kinohi Nishikawa

Kinohi Nishikawa

Assistant Professor

Specialty: African American literature; modern print culture; history of the book; critical and cultural theory; cinema and media studies.

Degrees: A. B. Dartmouth College; M.A., Ph.D., and Certificate in Feminist Studies, Duke University.

Kinohi Nishikawa specializes in African American literary and popular culture, with a particular emphasis on twentieth century print media and twenty-first century visual and musical forms. His book manuscript Reading the Street traces the rise of black-authored pulp fiction (by the likes of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines) from its material roots in postwar men’s literature to its cultural influence on contemporary hip hop. Kinohi’s new research project aims to document the contributions African American-owned bookshops have made to the formation of black literary taste in the post-civil rights era. Outside of these studies, Kinohi has published an article on America’s first black pin-up magazine (in Book History) and will have his work on comics art, pseudonymous authorship, and the music of Childish Gambino published in forthcoming journal issues and collections.


Recent Publications:

  • “Race, Respectability, and the Short Life of Duke Magazine.” Book History 15 (2012): 152-82.
  • “Mass and Popular Culture.” Oxford Bibliographies Online: American Literature. Ed. Jackson R. Bryer and Paul Lauter. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • “Those We Don’t Speak Of: Indians in The Village.” With Lauren Coats, Matt Cohen, John David Miles, and Rebecca Walsh. PMLA 123.2 (2008): 358-74.

Recent Honors and Awards:

  • Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Faculty Affiliateship, Northwestern University, 2011-2012.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University, 2010-2012.
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Duke University, 2009.


Contact Information
216 Decio Faculty Hall
(574) 631-6165

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556